For the first time an assessment - called the National Preparedness Report - commissioned by President Obama to assess the nation’s ability to respond to terrorist attacks and man-made and natural disasters, has found that state and local officials have the most confidence in their public health and medical services but are the most concerned about whether agencies can respond to cyber-attacks.
The report said that cybersecurity "was the single core capability where states had made the least amount of overall progress" and that only 42% of state and local officials believed that theirs was adequate.
U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) reported an increase of over 650% in the number of cyber-incidents reported by federal agencies over a five-year period -- from 5,503 in FY 2006, to 41,776 in FY 2010.
Almost two-thirds of U.S. firms have reported they have been the victim of cyber-security incidents or information breaches.
The study also added that the problem is probably underreported with only 50 percent of company owners and operators at "high priority facilities" participating in the survey saying they report cyber-attacks to external parties.
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